Frenchman’s Cove

Frenchmans CoveFrenchman’s Cove remains one of the most alluring areas near the tourist destination of Port Antonio in Jamaica, even though it enjoyed its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s when it was frequented by the world’s richest travelers, including royalty and, of course, celebrities. It is situated five miles east of the center of Port Antonio, near other points of interests to tourists like Blue Lagoon and Navy Island. This destination is by no means any less beautiful and there are just as many beach activities to enjoy. The large and well-appointed villas provide understated elegance for everyone who visits. The stunning vistas of the Caribbean Sea from the expansive patios make for a genuinely spectacular experience on the northeastern coast of Jamaica. The Frenchman’s Cove Resort dominates the beach itself, although the beach is accessible to the public for a relatively nominal fee.

Frenchman’s Cove is a 45-acre stretch of picturesque coastline where you can enjoy a wide variety of beach related things to do. Kayaking, diving and snorkeling, boating, and body surfing are just a few of the activities that draw people to the idyllic beaches here. If you are planning to stay in Port Antonio, you will also enjoy easy access to other awesome beaches like those at Blue Lagoon, Boston Beach, and Long Bay Beach.

Lifeguards patrol the beaches at Frenchman’s Cove and there are all manner of public facilities including nicely appointed changing rooms, showers, and restrooms.

One of the main reasons that Frenchman’s Cove was the destination of choice for international globe trotters in decades past as well as sun-seeking travelers to this day is the idyllic setting, centered around a breathtaking, freshwater stream that is bounded by a broad valley. This valley overlooks the powdery white sand and shimmering, crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Swaying palm trees and tropical foliage abound in this landscape that resembles a tropical paradise as much as any other stretch of coastline on the northern coast of Jamaica. The coves and harbors around Frenchman’s Cove in Port Antonio, filled with reefs and calm waters suitable for swimming and snorkeling, provide an enchanted atmosphere for visitors. There are plenty of guest accommodations with just a couple miles of the beach if you are not planning to stay at the Frenchman’s Cove Resort.

The Frenchman’s Cove Resort was at one time described as a “no expenses spared” destination when Garfield Weston founded it over a century ago. Queen Elizabeth of England even stayed at Villa No. 18 in the 1970s. At the time, the amenities and the operation were much more opulent than they are these days. This does not, however, mean that the experience is any less enjoyable. One marked difference is that people tend to treat their vacation rentals as their own home, preparing meals and enjoying access to private stretches of the beach, as compared to going to the resort restaurant. There is a continental breakfast and a variety of guest services as a part of staying at the resort, but the main advantage to staying at the villas at the Frenchman’s Cove Resort is being able to be choosy when it comes to everything from size and style to location along the beach.

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